It’s the Eagles against the Falcons as Poland prepare to navigate their way out of the group stages starting with a game against Slovakia.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Gazprom Arena
Poland enter Euro 2020 under new management, with Paulo Sousa taking the reins earlier in the year and will attempt to guide the nation out of a European Championship group stage for only the second time in their history, a feat they managed in the previous edition.
Given that their current team is built around the reigning FIFA Player of the Year, Robert Lewandowski, it’s expected that Poland emerge behind Spain in this group.
However, their recent form has been poor but Lewandowski was not involved in most of those matches. The team will be feeling confident heading into this one with their leader and talisman back in the squad and fully fit.
With three teams again advancing from four of the six groups, Stefan Tarkovic’s side can realistically target a way out of the group stages but will be aware that avoiding a defeat could be crucial to their hopes.
Slovakia had to get past two Irish countries before getting to the finals; beating the Republic of Ireland in a penalty shootout in their play-off semi-final before a victory over Northern Ireland in the final.
Since the qualifiers ended, Slovakia’s form has been largely underwhelming. They have won only two of their last 13 matches in regular time and have drawn four of their last five matches this year.
Jan Bednarek is currently recovering from injury but could be passed fit in time for Monday’s game.
Ivan Schranz is set to miss out, after suffering a thigh injury against Austria last week.
Poland’s last five games: DWLDD
Slovakia’s last five games: DDWDD
Poland have found the back of the net in five of their last six games after previously going on a goal drought in five games prior.
Slovakia have the better head to head record against Poland, winning four of their previous eight meetings (D1 L3).
Perhaps, there is nothing much more obvious than a Robert Lewandowski goal in this match. The Polish forward had a fantastic season as he scored 41 goals in 29 games for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The reigning FIFA Player of the Year has scored 45 goals in his last 56 games for his country . A bet on a Lewandowski’s goal anytime in the game is worth considering at odds of 21/20.
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